Having a Heart Attack?
Coughing isn't going to do it I'm afraidI've seen emails, tweets, facebook post and even a poster in a local shop (which has since been removed), coughing will not help someone having a heart attack. The idea that coughing rhythmically when experiencing signs of impending doom will save your life, is frankly, rubbish. I saw somewhere that 'scientific evidence' shows that coughing can actually reverse the damage caused by a heart attack, really? Show me this evidence... What's that? Sorry? You can't show me? Maybe that's because there isn't any. It's just WRONG says the American Heart Association. The Resuscitation Council UK don't seem too keen on this rumour spreading either, and despite spending ages searching papers from the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation ILCOR, I couldn't find anything there either.
Dr. Cary Fishbein, a cardiologist, hit the nail on the head “It’s right up there with voodoo as far as I’m concerned”me too Doc.